Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day: Snowdrop Dreams
We're almost at peak snowdrop here at VP Gardens and I'm pleased to see the ones I've guerrilla gardened on the side bank are beginning to bulk up nicely. I plan to help the smaller clumps in the above photo and beyond by burying their seed heads into the leaf litter in a week or two's time.
I love how the ones at the top of the side garden have begun to throw themselves over the boundary and join their cousins on the bank below. There's no helping hand needed from me here, but maybe I will.
Meanwhile in the back garden, the planned combinations are beginning to take shape. I gave the cyclamen a helping hand a couple of seasons ago and they're beginning to take off in their allotted space beneath the winter honeysuckle. It's made me appreciate how much hard work goes into the enormous spreads of cyclamen I've seen underneath the trees at Hodsock Priory, and more recently at Wakehurst.
This year I have another snowdrop dream... in the shape of a 'snowdrop theatre' like the one I saw at Chelsea Physic Garden a couple of years ago. I've always been advocate of massed plantings of just Galanthus nivalis or its double, but somehow I've acquired a small collection of more special forms.
These are currently languishing in the side garden storage area and only get looked at properly when I venture there from time to time. I've started to pot them up into individual, labelled pots where they'll still stay there for rest of this year. I'll bring them out next winter; there's a side wall in the back garden which is the perfect display shelf. Why didn't I think of that before?
It turns out I've made this decision in the nick of time as I've lost my 'Fred's Giant' already, and 'Wendy's Gold' looks a bit feeble this year. Fingers crossed she likes her new home and starts to bulk up nicely.
You'll see I've taken the precaution of adding some of the recent rose prunings to each pot. The squirrels are much bolder this year and took to digging up my potted bulbs elsewhere in the garden. The simple addition of these prunings seems to stop them... as long as they're close enough together so a paw can't find its way in.
My 'special' snowdrops aren't just the kind which collectors go for. My collection also includes gifts from Easton Walled Garden, Hodsock Priory and Wakehurst of the more usual kind. They're special because of their association with happy times on my visits to these places and therefore also merit inclusion in my display.
Once my specials have bulked up in their pots, then I'll start to split the clumps when the foliage has died down and set them free in the rest of the garden.
Look out for how this new project progresses next year.
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens